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Cookie crumble

Every year, biscuit-makers throw away thousands of biscuits because they emerge from the oven cracked or broken. It is widely assumed that biscuits crumble because they are roughly handled before they reach the consumer. But researchers at Loughborough University in central England say the problem may be due to cooking techniques and humidity. "When you take (a biscuit) out of the oven it likes to absorb moisture from the atmosphere," Loughborough University's Ricky Wildman says. He describes the process as "like an earthquake running through the biscuit."

Compiled by SUBAJAYANTHI WILSON